What causes worms in dogs?

Today’s PetMeds spotlight is on worms in dogs, and some of the causes of them.  Obviously, dogs getting worms is caused being exposed to parasites. But those parasites may not always be where you think.

Coming into contact with infected feces; fleas; vermin; and mosquitoes are the most common reasons.   Some you can’t help, but most you can.  You might think that you don’t come into contact with infected feces, but walking your dog at the dog park is a common place to pick up worms; bringing eggs in with your shoes and dropping that treat on the floor, or a wet chew hide is another common way pets ingest worms. 

Ways to avoid worms:

Have your pet tested regularly (at least once a year) for parasites by a veterinarian and administer year-round preventive medications to control zoonotic parasites.

Pick up dog and cat waste from your yard daily, especially in areas where both children and animals play.

Flea and tick preventatives, as well as heartworm preventatives will prevent most types of parasites, but it is common for a dog to become infected with a parasite at some point in its life.

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